When a bad biddy bites the dust after biting into poisoned produce, a Massachusetts organic farmer must clear her name in this cozy mystery.
Cam is finding the New Year in Westbury just as hectic as the old one. Her sometimes rocky relationship with Chef Jake Ericsson is in a deep freeze, she's struggling to provide the promised amount of food to the subscribers in her first winter CSA, and her new greenhouse might just collapse from the weight of the snow. Supplying fresh ingredients for a dinner at the local assisted living facility seems like the least of her worries—until one of the elderly residents dies after eating some of her produce.
Cantankerous Bev Montgomery had many enemies, from an unscrupulous real estate developer who coveted her land to an aggrieved care provider fed up with her verbal abuse. But while the motives in this case may be plentiful, the trail of poisoned produce leads straight back to Cam. Not even her budding romance with police detective Pete Pappas will keep him from investigating her.
As the suspects gather, a blizzard buries the scene of the crime under a blanket of snow, leaving Cam stranded in the dark with a killer who gives new meaning to the phrase "dead of winter."
"There are plenty of farming-based cozies on the market today, but this one stands out."—Booklist
"Engaging. On top of the intriguing whodunit plot, Maxwell vividly portrays life on a small contemporary farm."—Publishers Weekly
"A most enjoyable look at organic farming with some charming characters and cooking suggestions thrown in."—Kirkus Reviews